Bread making with young children

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bread making

Bread making with young children in playgroup by guest writer, Jen McCormack   Bread making seems to be one of the familiar and reliable activities you will find in Waldorf/Steiner kindergartens and playgroups. With rhythmic kneading of dough to a soothing melody sung by adults and children, this time is looked forward to and enjoyed by all. I had second…

16. The necessary art of health and wellbeing: five creative ideas to care for sick kids

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30 DAYS of AWESOME PARENTING  (read about the adventure here) Tip 16: The necessary art of health and wellbeing: Five creative ideas to help care for sick kids   When it comes to health and wellbeing, prevention is the key, isn’t it. Good health is a finely tuned art, the right combination of good quality food, fresh air, a little sunshine,…

White fish, zucchini, and corn chowder recipe

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white fish corn chowder pm

  Happy 1st day of Winter! (or Summer, should you be Northern Hemisphere bound)   As the weather begins to cool here in Northern NSW, and we head towards winter (oh, perhaps this year I’ll be able to wear those three new hand-knitted scarves I bought two years ago?), I start to crave warming foods such as soups and chowders….

Wholefood for Children by Jude Blereau

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Jude Blereau whole foods for children

I came across this book, Whole food for children by Jude Blereau (and its companion, Whole Food)  at my son’s kindergarten. This book has been a guiding light and wonderful resource for the past two years as they have created and prepared their whole food program for the children. (In a lovely twist, I’ve heard that Jude’s daughter attended Ned’s…

Raw Chocolate Beetroot Cake

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raw chocolate beetroot cake

  Many years ago, I bought a cookbook with the most scrummy recipe, Raw Chocolate Beetroot Cake.  I loved it but since then, I’ve been playing with it and now the version I make is nothing like the original. But twice as good. I’m forever grateful to Suki for her inspiration because I never would have thought of adding beetroot…

Pan-fried chicken breast with pesto and brie recipe

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Last week, we visited the Brunswick Heads pub for dinner.  The pub is one of Australia’s best kept secrets.  (Shhh, I won’t tell if you won’t!) It’s a historic place but more than that, it’s got to be one of the best grub feeds you’ll ever have while enjoying the view of the Bruns river, listening to top local bands,…

Roasted Pumpkin and Gooey cheese warm salad by Friday’s Guest, Kyla Levi

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Roasted Pumpkin and Gooey Cheese Warm Salad by Friday’s Guest, Kyla Levi I visited my friend Kyla a few weeks ago and she made us this for lunch. Oh my. What a treat. The recipe for you by Kyla. Firstly chop up a selection of your favourite winter vegetables. I like pumpkin, sweet potato, fresh garlic, onion and purple onion…

Hand-rolled Sushi “Te-maki sushi”: A how-to tutorial, with Friday’s Guest, Mari Clark.

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This is my friend Mari. A few weeks ago, Mari invited us to dinner at her beautiful eco-friendly house. She prepared the most delicious meal of hand-rolled sushi, ‘te-maki sushi’. It was unlike any sushi (even hand-rolled sushi) meal I’ve had before and WOW…. yum! She has kindly offered to share the recipe with us all. Friday night’s dinner?  Here…

Ice Pop Joy by Anni Daulter

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Well, I never. Our Moondew morning tea consisted of fruit platters and Ice Pops. But these were no ordinary fruit juice icepops. No sirree. They came from Anni Daulter’s book, Ice Pop Joy.  With ingredients such as real mint, raw cacao powder, silken tofu, soy milk, agave syrup, bananas, blueberries, raspberries, linseed meal, pistachio, walnuts, peanut butter and more, they…

How to make Veggie Pancake Spirals

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Don’t these veggie rolls just look divine? The original recipe for Veggie Spirals is from the Super Kitchen Machine Blog. I just tweaked it a bit and doubled it. We tried both ricotta and cream cheese fillings, and the winner by far was the ricotta. Easy to spread, but also low fat and super yummy. My tip:  Heat up your frypan really…

How to make Macadamia Butter & Pesto Pizza

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Whilst this pizza doesn’t look too appealing, the taste is outstanding. I guarantee it. I first came across it whilst doing a health course a few years back, and couldn’t leave without the recipe. And it is simple. In a bowl, combine 500 gram of macadamia butter (ground macadamia nuts with a dash of olive oil), with 1 bunch of…

How to make Cocoa (or carob) Hedgehog Slice

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Honestly, this slice is almost as good as eating a block of chocolate, and not nearly half as sneaky! Ingredients: 1 cup dates 1 cup sultanas 1/2 cup slivered almonds 2 1/2 cups rolled oats (steel cut oats) 1 tablespoon vanilla essence or extract (optional) 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (or carob, or raw cacao) 150 gram nutelex (vegan) or melted…

How to make fruity-vegie rainbow sticks

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With all this painting going on, my kitchen has been off limits, so I had to swap the yummy strawberry cream cheese tart I was going to make (next week, lovely mama’s!) for something that didn’t require an oven. It was an easy swap, as this term I have a few finger-friendly meals planned. Each term, I give myself a…